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Certificate in Community Development

 This professional certificate program is designed for practitioners in community development to upgrade their skills and enhance their professional expertise. The program focuses especially on the interactions of public policy, affordable housing advocacy, finance and government regulation. It is also designed to prepare students who may be interested in careers in housing and community development.

Required Courses: (5 courses)

PA 220 Elements and Issues in Community Development  
PA 352 Non-Profit Management  
PA 350 Housing and Development Skills  
PA 351 Sustainable Economic and Community Development  


 Three (3) Electives chosen by the student and an Advisor from the areas of leadership and non-profit management; housing,  planning and development skills; and community economic and social development.

The program was designed in partnership with the Housing Network of Rhode Island. Students are expected to satisfy the requirements of an internship with the Housing Network or an affiliated community development organization. This requirement may be satisfied through the documentation of community development employment experience or through learning experiences acquired by placement.